In The News


We are delighted to announce the addition of Chad Thurston as an associate on the firm’s litigation team. Chad began his legal career with us as an intern prior to attending law school. He clerked for the firm through law school and was hired as an associate upon passing the bar exam in 2021. 

Born and raised in San Diego, Chad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University and his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the Padres, playing softball, and playing golf. Welcome aboard, Chad!


Schwartz Semerdjian partners Sarah Evans and Kristen Bush wrote the employment law chapter of the American Bar Association’s “Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions," Third Edition, now available at Shop ABA (click here). Sarah and Kristen co-wrote the same chapter in the Second Edition published in 2017. If you have questions on how to navigate employment law in 2022, connect with one of our knowledgeable attorneys today.


Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Evans is honored to be named a top tier law firm in two practice areas for the 12th annual U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings. Well-known for its work on large, complex matters where an entire business may be at risk, Schwartz Semerdjian was chosen as an exceptional firm in San Diego for tort and labor and employment litigation.


Congratulations to John Schena who recently prevailed at arbitration representing a corporate client that was accused of breach of contract by a Fortune 500 company.  John was able to show the claimant had not established that it had performed its contractual obligations such that it could pursue damages. Additionally, John was able to prove that the liquidated damage clause in the contract was an unenforceable penalty under California law. The win is a huge victory for our client who avoided multiple years of penalties and damages that were being sought and can now return its focus on work instead of litigation. 


Schwartz Semerdjian partner Dick Semerdjian has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2022 Edition) in the fields of Labor & Employment and Personal Injury. This is the 13th straight year that Dick has been selected for this honor. Congratulations, Dick!